The Yangtze river dolphin was thought to be extinct, a victim of China’s explosive economic growth and environmental negligence, but one of the baiji, as the animal is known, was just caught on tape—alive and well.
As reported last year, The Baiji was thought to be extinct after a six-week search for the dolphin turned up no sightings in the Yangtze River. Now recent eyewitness footage of the animal has given scientists and conservationists a sliver of hope. Unfortunately, the Baiji is still too few and too scattered to perpetuate the species unless the remaining individuals were somehow found and concentrated into a protected area of the river for breeding purposes. That actually seems to be the plan now.